Why Should I Insert a Digital Watermark?
Whether you’re an artist posting portfolio pieces online, a craft addict blogging tutorials with pictures, a hobbyist selling goods on eBay or another type of producer in the digital age, you may benefit from adding copyright watermarks to the digital photos and graphics you share with the public.
Simply having the generic copyright logo prominently featured on an image can help prevent digital theft, minimizing others’ desire to misuse the picture. You can also feature a brand-related watermark to your images, inserting your website name so others will know where your content originated–even if those individuals came across your picture on someone else’s blog.
Why Should I Use GIMP?
Although you can open your digital photos and insert text in practically any design program, GIMP is a free editor that allows you to maintain separate layers at various levels of transparency–giving you complete control over how your copyright layer appears. If you already have GIMP downloaded onto your computer–or if you already have plans to install the free, multi-tasking design program–using GIMP for watermarking photos can be a convenient solution.
How Do I Insert a Copyright Watermark in GIMP?
1. Open GIMP. Click on “File” and “Open” to select the first file you wish to watermark. Make the “Layers” toolbar visible by clicking on “Windows,” “Dockable Dialogs” and “Layers.”
2. Click on the “Text Tool” icon located in the main toolbar and then click on your picture. A “GIMP Text Editor” pop-up box will appear. Type your desired text such as “Sally Hendrix Copyright.” To change the color of the text, locate the “Text” properties just under the toolbar, clicking on the “Color Box” in order to select a new color and press “OK.” You can also adjust the “Font,” “Size” and “Justification.”
3. Use the “Move Tool” icon located in the main toolbar to position your text within the workbook. Click on the icon then click on the text, using your cursor to drag the text box or simply using the arrow keys.
4. Increase the transparency of your text layer by locating the “Opacity” sliding bar at the top of the “Layers” toolbar. Decreasing the opacity will increase your transparency.
5. Save your image using a picture file extension such as “.jpg” or “.png,” which will flatten the image. You can also save the project as a multi-layer workbook using GIMP’s native extension “.xcf” in order to insert other background photos in the future and use your same copyright logo to watermark those.
Want more help? You can visit these tutorials for additional information on GIMP and how it can help your business: “What is GIMP?“, “How to Get Started Using GIMP“, “How to Manage Layers in GIMP“, “5 Easy Tips for Making a Company Logo Look More Professional: Free DIY Small Business Tricks” and “How to Make Free, Print-Ready Business Cards in GIMP: Professional-Looking, DIY Results.”
“GIMP: The GNU Image Manipulation Program.” GIMP.org.